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Dyckia platyphylla (Wide-leafed Dyckia)

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Scientific Name

Dyckia platyphylla L.B.Sm.

Common Names

Wide-leafed Dyckia

Scientific Classification

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Pitcairnioideae
Genus: Dyckia

Description

Dyckia platyphylla is a very attractive plant that grows in clusters with individual plants, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, with rosettes up to 1 foot (30 cm) wide. The leaves are short, wide, glossy, deep green and blush bronze to even purple in full sun and are covered in silvery scales beneath and attractive whitish teeth along the margins. In spring to summer can appear the attractive up to 3 foot (90 cm) tall stalks of yellow-orange flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Dyckias are not technically succulents, as they do not store water in their leaves like true succulents. They are xerographic and survive long periods without water by going dormant. Their rosette of thick succulent leaves will eventually wilt, but recovery is rapid when watering is resumed.

Most of the plants survive in warm regions with heavy rainfall for half the year and very dry conditions the rest of the time. This makes Dyckia care slightly challenging, as getting the right balance of moisture to keep the plant happy may be difficult. The growing conditions in their natural setting should be mimicked as much as possible.

In their native region, it is not uncommon to find some forms growing on top of rocks near water. Water and the cycle of the monsoon season are important features to Dyckia health. They are used to rather poor soil when they do grow in ground and should be planted in a good succulent mixture… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dyckia

Origin

Dyckia platyphylla is endemic to the State of Bahia in eastern Brazil. This plant has reportedly never been found in its natural habitat and there is speculation that it is a hybrid, maybe even involving Dyckia marnier-lapostollei and Dyckia brevifolia.

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